• arts & culture

5 September 2018

Victorian artists and creative businesses can now apply for Foundry658, a Victorian Government-backed intensive business program designed by State Library Victoria and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), specifically for the creative sector.

A key initiative of its Creative State strategy, Foundry658 will enable entrepreneurial artists and creative teams to transform their business ideas into thriving enterprises by providing significant cash and in-kind investment, mentorship, coaching and practical expertise.

Two deep-dive bootcamps, taking place in November 2018 and February 2019, will provide access to the Library and ACMI’s expertise and networks, as well as mentorship, training and support. Up to 25 individuals and teams will participate in each bootcamp, after which 10 high potential businesses will be selected to transition to the accelerator program.

The three-month accelerator will additionally offer each selected business a $20,000 financial investment, as well as deep immersion, tailored coaching and access to the vibrant coworking communities within State Library Victoria and ACMI X.

Applications for Bootcamp One are now open and close at 5pm on Sunday 30 September 2018.

For more information and to apply for the first Foundry658 bootcamp visit the website